The Justice Committee Report into the Coroners Service – is a long overdue overhaul in the offing?

The House of Commons Justice Committee – The Coroner Service – First Report of Session 2021-2022 On 27 May 2021, following an inquiry into the effectiveness and capacity of the Coroner Service in England and Wales, the House of Commons Justice Committee published a report calling for a number of…

Equivocal Admissions and Inquest Costs

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service v Veevers [2020] EWHC 2550 (Comm) An admission of liability before an inquest can have a substantial effect on the recoverability of the family’s inquest costs. An early and full admission may extinguish them entirely. But in the cautionary case of Veevers, the High…

Article 2 and the Provision of Healthcare

R (Maguire) v HM Senior Coroner for Blackpool [2020] EWCA Civ 738 Where Article 2 of the Convention is invoked to allege inadequate provision of healthcare by the state, recent Strasbourg and domestic authorities suggest an increasingly restrictive approach. An expansive approach The 2015 Chamber decision of the Fourth Section…